After much discussion and internal debate among our 7 person selection panel, we finally agreed upon 6 ideas for this weekend’s camp, based on our selection criteria.
We received many very strong ideas –and many touching on similar themes – so our decision was not an easy one (thanks again to all who submitted ideas!). Some ideas were not selected because we felt they were already too developed for the dynamic, organic and inclusive Innovation Camp process; others required more initial development than could realistically be tackled within a single weekend. But, in the end, we are all pretty excited about the ideas selected in the end.
Before unveiling the ideas, it is important to emphasize that all selected ideas all ideas are extremely early-stage suggestions – ready to be explored, developed, changed and completely transformed by our 50 creative and enthusiastic participants and team of hard-working mentors.
This means that, upon entering the Innovations Lab on Friday evening – all those selected to attend become equal participants. At this stage, there are no leaders and no one ‘owns’ the idea anymore, and all are free to join the team of their choosing after hearing more about each idea.
And the selected ideas ARE (in no fixed order):
Idea #1: Mapping/visualizing the dirtiest bathrooms in public high schools throughout Kosovo
Idea #2: A freelance website, matching skilled young people with potential employers
Idea #3: Online mapping/visualization of existing infrastructure problems and/or traffic violations
Idea #4: An online platform for university students, to make the process of finding housing while attending university less complicated
Idea #5: An open economic data platform providing user-friendly, centralized access to existing economic indicators
Idea #6: An interactive online portal for finding/visualizing tourist information in Kosovo
We suspect that, by the end of the weekend, the above ideas will likely become almost unrecognizable – developed into a viable and creative working prototype by participating young innovators and entrepreneurs. We can’t wait – and promise to keep you posted throughout the process!
(Remember: If your idea was one of the ones that was not selected, please keep in mind that we plan to make Kosovo Innovation Camps an annual event and there will be an opportunity to submit an idea during our next camp. The Innovations Lab Kosovo also offers a number of ways to receive the necessary support to turn your project idea into reality – so please visit our website or stop by soon!)